Many couples start out with a strong commitment to make their relationship work but as time passes, we tend to take each other for granted and neglect to put in the effort to grow and nurture our relationship.
With the many distractions and demands which we face today, commitment does require dedication and effort. How can you find the time to communicate and find out what is going on in the life of your significant other?
Recognise the Importance of Communication
The importance of communication, not just between couples, but generally in all human relationships, cannot be overstated. Poor communication has always been a key factor cited for deteriorating relationships among couples. Unfortunately, many couples continue to underestimate its importance. Even simple things like saying “I love you” to each other every day, will go a long way in making a relationship work.
Turn Everyday Chores into a Chance to Talk
One way is to make communication opportunities as accessible and effortless as possible. Plan to do housework together as a couple or family and decide what chores can be done together. Activities such as walking the dog, running errands, doing the laundry or shopping for groceries can provide an excellent opportunity to talk.
Reach Out to Each Other
At the same time, do not underestimate the power of the physical touch. Hug and kiss frequently. Both of you know what you like best- If your spouse loves your back rubs, be generous in giving them. Simple as these acts may be, they can help you maintain intimacy with your other half.
Ultimately, due to differing lifestyles and preferences, there really is no one size fits all formula for a good relationship, but one rule stands true- The more you invest in a relationship, the more you will reap from it.
- Develop a strong commitment to make your relationship work and stick to it. Even during busy and stressful times, a few minutes of quality conversation can help keep bonds strong.
- Make communicating with your spouse as open and as effortless as possible. In this way, couples will be able to talk to each other and be a part of the happenings in each other’s lives.
- Do not be complacent with your relationship. Make an effort to say “I love you” to each other every day. A hug or a kiss will go a long way to maintaining your relationship.
Adapted from an article first published on the National Family Council Website.
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